Very cool video from the USA Rice Federation
The University of California Cooperative Extension is conducting a survey of pest management practices of stored rice in California. The objective of the survey is to improve our understanding of the kind of pest problems growers, dryers and mills encounter while storing rough rice. This will allow us to determine research and extension needs that can be addressed in future projects.
The surveys were mailed in January, and many completed questionnaires have already been returned. Thanks for your responses. If you store rough rice and did not receive a questionnaire, or misplaced it, call Luis Espino at 530-635-6234 to have a replacement questionnaire sent to you.
Our ultimate goal is to develop an Integrated Pest Management program for stored rough rice in California that can be used by rice growers, dryers and mills. By taking the time to share your thoughts and opinions about the management of stored rough rice you will be helping us with this study, and most importantly, you will help the California rice industry.
A message from Robert Stewart, Foundation Seed Program Advisor:
Now is the time to plan for requests of Rice Experiment Station (RES) Foundation Rice Seed for the 2012 production year. Varieties released from the California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation (CCRRF) are available toCaliforniarice seed growers who plan to produce registered seed this year.
The allocation of Foundation Rice Seed from CCRRF is through the Foundation Seed Program (FSP) at UC Davis. Requests for Foundation Seed will be due in the FSP office by Friday, February 24, 2012. Hopefully we can make allocations in the first week of March.
Request submissions by web site may be done by going to the CCIA home page at http://ccia.ucdavis.edu. Click on the link to Foundation Rice Seed Request Form. After you submit the form you will be able to print out a page with all the information for your records. Submit a separate form for each variety requested.
CCRRF will have the following varieties of Foundation rice seed available for allocation in 2012:
L-206 M-104 M-105 M-202 M-205
M-206 M-208 M-401 M-402 S-102
Calhikari-201 Calhikari-202* Calmati-202 Calmochi-101
*Experimental 04Y177 has been approved for release as Calhikari-202. It is a 2nd generation California premium quality short grain, it is a little earlier, a little better in yield, milling and cooking quality than Calhikari-201. There is only a very small amount of foundation seed and only 4 lots of ~25 cwt available for distribution for 2012. The CCRRF Board of Director approved this release to get some seed production for and commercial scale evaluation in the premium quality short grain markets. Allocation of this new release will be done in cooperation with RES.
This year's price for Foundation seed has yet to be established. By mid February, we will have the price and amounts available for each variety or the statistics that help in the allocations. For that or any additional information, call Robert Stewart at 530-752-9826 or email email@example.com.
2012 Annual Rice Grower Meetings
Sponsored by UC Cooperative Extension
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WHERE & WHEN
Williams: Monday, Jan. 23, 8:30 am, Granzella’s Banquet Hall, 457 - 7th Street, Williams
Richvale: Monday, Jan. 23, 1:30 pm, Evangelical Church, 5219 Church St., Richvale
Yuba City: Monday, Jan. 30, 8:30 am, Veterans Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City
Glenn: Monday, Jan. 30, 1:30 pm, Glenn Pheasant Hall, 1522 Highway 45, south of Glenn
TIME: Doors open at 8:00 am and meetings start at 8:30 am at Williams and Yuba City.
Doors open at 1:00 pm and meetings start at 1:30 pm at Richvale and Glenn.
8:00 am (1:00 pm) Doors open, sign-in, coffee
8:30 am (1:30 pm) Call meeting to order
8:35 am (1:35 pm) Rice Research Board Nominations – Dana Dickey, Rice Research Board
8:40 am (1:40 pm) Rice Pesticide and Regulatory Update – County Agricultural Commissioner
9:00 am (2:00 pm) Winged Primrose-willow and Water Primroses in Rice and Canals –Brenda Grewell, USDA-ARS
9:20 am (2:20 pm) Survey of Pest Management Practices of Stored Rough Rice – Luis Espino, UCCE
9:30 am (2:30 pm) Rice Grading Standards and Procedures – Chuck Britton, USDA Federal Grain Inspection Service
10:00 am (3:00 pm) Results from Recent Soil Fertility Studies – Bruce Linquist, UCD
10:25 am (3:25 pm) — BREAK —
10:40 am (3:40 pm) Arthropod Pests Update – Larry Godfrey, UCD
11:00 am (4:00 pm) California Rice Production Outlook – Chris Greer, UCCE
11:20 am (4:20 pm) Concepts in Weed Management for Rice Cropping Systems – Albert Fischer, UCD
12:00 pm (5:00 pm) — ADJOURN —
The 2011 harvest is pretty much finished. Yield reports are starting to come in, and so far it seems that yields were OK. I've heard of growers that thought their yields were going to be much higher, but considering the rough start, are happy with the more "average" yields.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service has relesed its November projection, and California looks pretty good. Yields were adjusted up from the October projection. I don't have much information on quality yet, so I'll wait before giving any trends.
If you have any comments on how your season went and what your yields looked like, leve me a note in the comments section below.
See you at the 2012 Rice Growers Winter Meetings (which will be announced soon)!
Rice area harvested and yield (National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture.
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|2010||2011||2010||October 2011*||November 2011*|